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Modesto Junior College

Coaching Staff

Head Football Coach:  Sam Young

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Head Coach Sam Young brings his 35+ years of college coaching experience to MJC’s top gridiron spot. Young, a veteran coach, on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, has been a Physical Education instructor at Modesto Junior College for the past 20 years. He is a native of Porterville, California and a product of the California Community College system. He transferred to the University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He later received his Master’s degree in “Sport Performance” from Sacramento State. Young started his coaching career in football and competed in track in 1975 at his Alma mater, U.C. Davis. The Aggies are known for their football success with an all-time NCAA record for consecutive winning seasons. During Young’s tenure, the Pirates have been victorious in 7  bowls games and in 2007 & 2008 were the Golden Gate Conference Champions. In Track and Field circles, Young has also known coaching success. Over the years, he has coached three State Champions at MJC and one National Division II Champion at U.C. Davis.

“I see myself as an Educator who happens to work in the physical realm,” Young has stated. “I think everyone benefits by getting involved in something that is bigger than themselves, and team sports provide this opportunity for our students.  Success can be found in a strong work ethic that is rooted in paying close attention to detail.”

“I’ve been blessed to be able to work with so many gifted individuals.  My philosophy is simply to encourage our student-athletes to be intense enough to get the job done, but be relaxed enough to enjoy the journey.” Young is single, and resides in Turlock. He enjoys fly-fishing and reading and writing detective fiction.

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks:   Rusty Stivers


Defensive Coordinator/Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator:  Drew Brown


Offensive Line:  Ron Gross


Defensive Line:  Joe Luke, Jr.


Running Backs:  Brett Butler


Inside Linebackers:   Eddie Abassi


Outside Linebackers:  

Wide Receivers:  Kevin Ruiz


Cornerbacks:  Tim Brown



Kickers/Punters:    Paul Assad


Contact Us

Sam Young
Head Coach
Email: youngs
Phone: 209-575-6274


East Campus
Physical Eduction offices

  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: 9-5